Abandonware DOS title


Infocom released Sorcerer in the year 1984; it's an old fantasy adventure game, part of the Enchanter series. Sorcerer is abandonware, runs on DOS and can be played in single player mode. It's available for download.
Sorcerer screenshot
Rating: 3.63
(8 votes)
"The originality of the puzzles in Sorcerer more than makes up for any design faults of this game. It is of interest to note that the previous game Enchanter is not written by Meretzky but Marc Blank and David Lebling. The change in authorship in the series is reflected by the darker and more serious tone in Sorcerer than in Enchanter. This is most unusual given the trademark humor Meretzky instills into his other Infocom interactive fiction titles. Regardless, it is fun to wield magic in addition to regular adventuring. Sorcerer is not a great game, but it is a fairly quick, enjoyable romp." - Adventure Classic Gaming

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Additional info

Facts, trivia and collector's notes are licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. These texts use material from this Wikipedia article.

Sorcerer continued the wildly popular tradition of including, in each game box, extra items related to the game. These so-called feelies were:

- A copy of the fictitious magazine Popular Enchanting featuring a profile of Belboz

- An "Infotater", a paper wheel that provided a group of codes disguised as information of creatures in the game

(Note: the Infotater was found in the original package only. When the game was later re-released in the "gray stripe" box format, the Infotater was replaced by a "Field Guide to the Creatures of Frobozz" brochure containing the same information. Consequently, original Infotaters are highly sought-after by collectors.)

The vezza spell (view the future) was named for Al Vezza, who was Chief Financial Officer of Infocom at the time of Sorcerer's release.

Sorcerer was ranked as "Advanced" difficulty, making it the "middle" game in the trilogy in more ways than one. (Enchanter was labeled "Standard" and Spellbreaker was considered "Expert".)

Writer Steve Meretzky would later go on to use a similar magic spell system in his "Spellcasting" text adventure trilogy for Legend Entertainment.

players: single player

input: keyboard

distribution: 3,5 floppy disk, 5,25 floppy disk

graphics: 80 columns text

Abandonware DOS popularity: very low

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